How to Transform Leftovers into Healthy Lunches Kids LOVE!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer It’s time to break out the lunch boxes … back-to-school season is here! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! When it comes to quick and easy school lunches, leftovers are one of my favorite ways to save time and money! In fact, I’m such a big fan of repurposing dinner leftovers into lunch, you’ll often […]

Ditch the Bag of Chips: 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love chips. Crisp and salty, chips just seem to be the perfect side to pack up for lunch. What I don’t love about chips are the levels of acrylamide – a cancer causing chemical found in many brands of pre-packaged chips. The good news is, you can still have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box. 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches Vegetable chips can be […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 2

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Did you miss Part 1 of How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything? Go right on over HERE to read it. It will give you some fantastic information about: Why we preserve food The 7 types of food preservation A note about safety How to choose which method of preparation to use Tips for getting equipped to start preserving But today, I want to share with you just a few of my favorite preserving websites, recipes, tutorials, resources and inspirations! Handy How-To’s […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 1

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer It’s nearly August, that time of year when zucchini show up unannounced on your doorstep, peaches are offered for sale by the bushel, and tomatoes proliferate. Needless to say, it’s a time of bounty, when everything is growing great gonzos, so it’s the time of year when every year I feel underprepared for processing and dealing with all the delicious food that is at the height of flavor and nutrition. Thus, about two years ago, I started compiling all of […]

Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds (Plus 50 Chia Recipes)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Of all of the benefits of chia seeds, some of the most notable are their ability to provide significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds is truly impressive: just 3½ tablespoons can contain the same amount of omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon! (Source) Chia seeds often are used to boost […]

9 Healthy, Portable Snacks for Family Road Trips

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer  What’s a road trip without snacks? For me, food is an essential part of any journey. Having something to snack on helps to pass the time in the car–and saves you from pulling into McDonald’s when hunger strikes! Healthy, portable snacks will keep your family full longer, and your kids won’t get hyper from all the sugar and artificial food dyes in processed snacks. Because you don’t want hyper kids locked in a car for hours on end, right? It’s a […]

4 Tips for Eating Real Food While Traveling Abroad

By Tiffany Crumbs, Contributing Writer For six years, my husband and I scrimped, saved and pinched every penny we could for one big purpose: a family trip to Costa Rica. We worked hard for YEARS to get out of debt, so being able to take this big of a trip – without going back into debt to do so – was important to us. My type-A, list-making foodie self worked in our favor when we were in extreme savings mode. When we saw the potential of […]

Homemade Canned Soup Replacement

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When I think back to my newlywed days, and all the canned soup we consumed, I cringe a little. As a newlywed, I learned to prepare all manner of meals while clutching my Betty Crocker Cookbook. I followed each recipe step by step, not thinking much about any kind of health ramifications. I just wanted to make dinner for my husband. At that stage of life, I knew very little about real food. But, as time went on and I became […]